I never got into the reality TV series Survivor, but it seemed like everyone I knew watched it when it was popular. The show was about a group of people who were put in a remote location (like in the jungle or a deserted island) and they had to survive the elements, find shelter, food, etc… It was a test of not only your physical strength and capabilities but a test of mental and emotional strengths as well. Through a process of elimination one person “won” the show at the end and became the ultimate “Survivor”. I feel like that has been our life for the past few months. Except instead of one survivor, we all survived, barely!
It is amazing how much your life can change in such a short time. Whether or not you planned on the change or knew what was coming or had much time to prepare, sometimes it can turn your life upside down. In the span of a six weeks, we closed escrow on a new house, started a major remodel on the house, packed up our old house, moved AND had a baby in the middle of all of it. Yes, we knew these things were going to happen. Yes, we tried to prepare as much as we could. But it was still hard. It was not our ideal situation to have a baby in the middle of a remodel and move, and to be living in the house during some of the remodel with a 2 year old and newborn, but that is just the way it worked out. It was crazy, it was hard. We had SO MUCH help from our family and friends with packing, moving, taking care of the kids (and us) and the remodel and our amazing church family provided meals for us for several weeks, we couldn’t have survived without them all and we are SO thankful for their help.
We are still not done, and won’t be for a while, but at least the major stuff is done and we are living comfortably in our new home. We’ve finally had a chance to slow down a bit and breathe…and settle into our new normal. Looking back over the last couple of months, I am amazed at what we did and survived. It was not easy, it was hard, physically…mentally… and emotionally…but we survived and we have an amazing new house and another precious little boy who joined our family. It was all worth it.
Obviously, this blog was pushed off the radar during the craziness. I have lots to share and have been trying to remember to take pictures along the way. I am really trying to make time to sit down and write about all of this because as hard as it all was, it was pretty awesome too and I want to remember it. So I will be back, soon, I hope 🙂